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Black and Latino voters wary of mail-in voting, group says

Aug 26, 2020 6:30 am
Zach Montellaro is reporting for Politico a Democratic group focused on voting rights has found that Black and Latino voters are uncertain about voting by mail. In a series of recent focus groups conducted in Philadelphia and Las Vegas by iVote, Black and Latino participants said the experience of voting in person “has been ingrained and they feel secure their vote will be counted,” according to the report summary. The findings are bolstered by a pair of recent polls from the Voter Participation Center, in partnership with Latino Decisions and the African American Research Collaborative, which showed that nearly two-thirds of Latino and Black voters prefer to vote in person because “they believe their vote is more likely to be counted than if they vote by mail.” The new research comes during a massive push from Democrats to urge voters to make their voting plan now so that they still turn out amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced huge shifts in voting behavior. iVote researchers found that emphasizing the options available, telling people they could vote early either in-person or via the mail, was the most effective messaging. In the focus groups, Black participants felt especially strongly about voting in person. Voters in the focus groups saw in-person voting as offering little opportunity for tampering or ballot loss, as well as a chance to immediately resolve any issues with their ballots. But panelists did express concern about in-person voting in the midst of the pandemic. Read the full story at politico [dot] com.